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Native American history in Yakima, Washington.

September 04, 2012

Better known as the gateway to Washington’s wine country (where excellent chardonnays and Rieslings are borne), Yakima also has an excellent pioneer-history museums. Check out its old-timey log cabins, Native American meeting houses, and more, in a town that gets 300 days of sunshine each year.

Yakima Valley Museum

Piece through the region’s history, from petrified wood to log-cabin artifacts.

Yakama Nation Museum & Cultural Heritage Center

Kids will love the authentic Native American costumes and the towering Winter Lodge (a replica of a traditional meeting house).

Heritage Inn Restaurant

Try a buffalo burger on traditional Native American fry bread.

Piety Flats Winery

Grab a picnic table: kids can sip old-fashioned root beer floats while parents enjoy Syrah.

Oxford Inn

This comfortable and modern motel with a small swimming pool fronts a pleasant riverside walking and biking path.

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